MURCIA AT THE FOREFRONT OF PIG BREEDINGPIG EMBRYO TRANSFERS CRYOGENICALLY PRESERVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MURCIA WITH THE COLLABORATION OF THE COMPANIES DHESA AND ANDRIMNER.
During October, the first piglets were born as a result of two non-surgical transfers of cryogenically preserved embryos on one of DHESA’s farms. The method consists of obtaining embryos from a donor sow of high genetic value, cryopreserving them, and proceeding to a subsequent non-surgical transfer to a recipient sow at the destination farm.
This system of introducing new replacements to the production structure is pioneering on a global scale, and has been developed by the Research Group in Animal Reproduction of the UNIVERSITY of Murcia with the collaboration of the companies ANDRIMNER and DHESA.
Introducing live animals to a farm is not exempt from the risk of transmitting new diseases. The use of these innovative procedures allows us to eliminate these risks, avoid the use of treatments, maintain the high health status of DHESA’s farms, and eliminate the transport of live animals and the problems associated with animal welfare and biosecurity.
The previously collected embryos were vitrified in liquid nitrogen and transferred to sows synchronized with the age of the embryos. In the two litters that have been produced, the first piglets were born, and they will form the genetic basis of the next generations of DHESA production sows.
We hope to be able to continue and improve these results so that this technology, developed in the Murcia region, can continue to benefit the industry.